Events in Brighton - May 2016
April 30th 2016 to May 1st 2016: Brighton Tattoo Convention 2016
For its 9th year running, the annual Brighton Tattoo Convention moves to the Brighton Centre, a venue in front of the sea and near the city center. The building is ready to welcome tattoo artists, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. Over of 300 artists will be there, all are professionals mastering different techniques such as realism, black-work, traditional and many others. So there is no better time to get a tattoo and why not book your room at the New Steine Hotel at the same time!
April 30th 2016 to May 29th 2016: Artists Open Houses Festival 2016
The largest event of its kind in the UK, the Artists Open Houses Festival 2016 will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over the five weekends of May, starting Saturday April 30th (Bank Holiday Weekend). Around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city open their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers. Last year over 200,000 people visited the festival. Artists Open Houses offers the chance to buy artworks directly from the artists and makers themselves. There is a hugely diverse selection of artworks on show, from original paintings, prints, graffiti arts, ceramics and textiles to photography, sculpture, crafts, jewelry and many other media. The houses are grouped into one of 14 trails around different areas of the city, each with its own unique character and atmosphere – from the fishermen’s houses of Hanover to the urban warehouse spaces of the North Laines and cottages of the South Downs village of Ditchling. Browse the streets discovering this huge exhibition and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
May 1st 2016 : Opera Screening: Otello
The Ropetackle Arts Centre presents a special Glyndebourne style opera screening of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello. Verdi’s late Shakespearean opera stands as one of the great masterpieces of grand opera. José Cura, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Verdi’s music, takes the title role in this profound and intense production, recorded live at the Liceu, Barcelona for Opus Arte. This special evening will also feature a short pre-performance talk and a free glass of bubbly. In true Glyndebourne style, spectators can bring their own interval picnic. Enjoy this great performance of Verdi’s masterpiece and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
May 1st 2016 to May 2nd 2016: Foodies Festival
For the 7th edition, the Foodies Festival comes back to Brighton with the aim of welcoming over 30,000 food & drink hungry visitors at a three-day gastronomic celebration on Hove Lawns with friends and family. Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, will serve up a feast for all the family. Why not take the opportunity to get away and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
May 3rd 2016 to May 7th 2016: King Lear at Theatre Royal
An ageing tyrant’s whimsical decision to divide his kingdom tears his family apart, sparks catastrophic civil war and destroys all that he has. Driven from his home, King Lear endures madness, blindness and great suffering as he battles a great storm. Yet with madness he finds reason, from blindness he gains new sight, after betrayal he discovers loyalty and through his suffering a better world emerges. Four-time Olivier Award nominee Michael Pennington leads a cast of fourteen distinguished actors in Max Webster’s epic new interpretation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. The production marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and is part of an extensive national tour. Rediscover this great classic and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
May 5th 2016: Burgess and Pariselle at Ropetackle Arts Centre
Enjoy an evening of Anglo-French concertina virtuosity. Richard Burgess and Emmanuel Pariselle perform English, French, Norwegian and even Italian songs. They are renowned for their humorous stage performances, where linguistic and cultural misunderstandings create a fun light-hearted atmosphere. Discover these European treasures and book a room at The New Steine Hotel for your travels!
May 6th 2016 to June 5th 2016: Brighton Fringe 2016
More than 900 events are scheduled this year for an amazing spectacle. England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world, Brighton Fringe proposes events for everyone, from cabaret to comedy, theatre to dance…The Fringe is characterized by voluntarily low prices and free events with the aim of stimulating, educating and entertaining a diverse range of people through a diverse range of art forms. Moreover, it allows local artists to play in front of big audiences and to be publicized. Don’t miss this huge and exciting event and yourself enough time to explore by booking a room at The New Steine Hotel!
May 7th 2016 to May 11th 2016: The Lady Boys Of Bangkok
The sun may rise in the east but at least the Lady Boys of Bangkok are coming with it! Performed by exotic showgirls like no others in the world, this cabaret promises to be energetic, exotic, and completely unpredictable. This dazzling new production is the country’s most popular touring cabaret because it enables people to escape from the humdrum of everyday life in a euphoric bubble of laughter, glamour, glitz and music. From the lavish costumes to the eclectic music – with Katy Perry, Rihanna, Shakira and even One Direction – this night will be a great remember of sexy, funny and entertaining cabaret. And don’t let the fun end with the show, book a room at The New Steine Hotel and continue your evening in style!
May 7th 2016: Children’s Parade
Children’s Parade celebrates the start of Brighton Festival. Every year for over 25 years, children and parents parade in the streets into costumes they designed and made themselves. The largest annual children’s event in the UK is a cavalcade of sound and colour – 80 local schools, more than 5000 children and a different theme each year. These components are the guarantee of an incredible show. Come and join in with the fun and laughter. Book your room at The New Steine Hotel now and be sure not to miss out on this frolicking treat!
May 7th 2016 to May 29th 2016: Brighton Festival 2016
This year is an important one for the festival. Indeed, it celebrates its 50th birthday, so expect an exceptional program of events. Experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson has been chosen as Guest Director and the theme for this edition is “Home and Place”. Everyday many events will take place all over the city : dance, film, music, theatre, debates, art… Brighton Festival will feature a wide range of international, national and local artists and companies including site-specific pieces, exclusives, world and UK premieres. Take part in one of Europe’s leading art festivals and don’t leave it too late to book your room at the New Steine Hotel!
May 7th and 8th 2016: Charles Lineham Company
Charles Lineham is back to Brighton Festival with two new works. Loved by dancers and audiences, Lineham presents My Mother’s Tears, a poignant and irreverent classical ballet mime, and A Quarter Plus Green, an overlap of choreographic episodes. Described as one of the classiest choreographers, his comeback for the 50th edition of the Festival will be a delight for the crowd. Be impressed by the beauty of these performances and don’t forget to book your room at The New Steine Hotel!
May 8th 2016: Stonewall’s Brighton Equality Walk
Every year The Stonewall’s Equality Walk takes place in Brighton’s streets and seafront. Thousands of lesbian, gay, bi and transgendered individuals (LGBT) will walk to denunciate the situation of young LGBT people. Every year, lots of young people grow up feeling isolated and alone just because of who they are. Last year, more than 50 LGBT role models visited schools across the UK to share their personal stories with thousands of students and teachers. Today, the Equality Walk is asking people to sign up to help raise money to send even more role models into schools to inspire young people right across the country. Be apart of the Equality Walk Project, lending aid to a fantastic cause and booking your room at the New Steine Hotel at the same time.
May 8th 2016: MG Regency Run
More than 300 MG’s will be gathered along Madeira Drive – from the 1920s to the present day, from the very classy to the nifty and sporty. The race starts at the Epsom Downs Racecourse and finishes on the seafront of Brighton. The race will be followed by a full day exhibition open to the public. A paradise for all lovers of vintage cars! Book a room at the New Steine Hotel and admire these mechanical masterpieces in action!
May 9th and 10th 2016: The Ricochet Project “Smoke And Mirrors”
Recipients of The Total Theatre Award 2015 – The Ricochet Project is a circus act, the likes of which you have never seen before. This amazing performance is a mix of poetic acrobatics, contemporary dance, contortion and high-flying feats, giving it a brilliant and profound meaning. The show represents the inner workings of the mind and the search to find a place and happiness in this world of illusions.
Enjoy the circus then don’t miss out! Book your room now and be amazed!
May 11th 2016 to May 15th 2016: The Complete Deaths
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare. This tribute to the famous writer is done for the 400th anniversary of his death. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Spymonkey is going to realize them in totality, all in a funny and hysterical atmosphere. Spymonkey, the UK’s leading physical comedy company, based in Brighton, will allow the audience to discover or rediscover the dark side of Shakespeare. A performance like no other, why not make a night of it and book a room at the New Steine Hotel!
May 12th 2016: The Nightingales and I Ludicrous
Formed by members of Birmingham’s original punk band The Prefects, The Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the 80s and were championed by John Peel. Re-grouped in 2004, they’re more productive than ever, releasing several albums, recording radio sessions & touring.
I, Ludicrous achieved immortality in 1987 when ‘Preposterous Tales’ reached number 11 in Peelie’s Festive 50. Their line-up since 2008 includes Martin Brett from Voice of The Beehive. Latest LP ‘Dull is the New Interesting’ received brilliant reviews. Come and see these two legendary bands and book a room at The New Steine Hotel at the same time!
May 14th 2016: “One Man, Two Guvnors” at Brighton Little Theatre
This delightful play is a West End/Broadway smash hit. Set in 1960s Brighton, the play focuses on Francis Henshall, an easily confused bat-man-come-butler who becomes separately employed by two men, Roscoe Crabbe, a local gangster and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class criminal. This is a recipe for near disaster for Francis, but a fine evening’s entertainment for you.
Prepare yourself to be as confused as Francis Henshall and book a room at The New Steine Hotel to recover afterwards!
On the May 17th 2016: “Song Conversation, Song As A Place” with Laurie Anderson
Joined by her fellow musicians-composers, pianist Nik Bartsch and guitarists Eivind Aarset and Laurie Anderson set up their second installation of Song Conversation, a freewheeling walk through sonic spaces. By playing songs – their own and other’s – they will highlight, with talks and exchanges, the difficulties and intricacies of writing, faulty memory and interpretation.
Feel the music differently with the explanations of these three masters and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
From May 20th 2016 to May 22nd 2016: Faerie Festival 2016
This unorthodox festival takes place each year in Alfriston, near the city of Brighton. Be prepared to spend a mystical weekend of live music, entertainment, camping & more! Indeed, activities are very diverse. People can make objects at the workshop, buy some items at the market village or have fun in the Circus Arena. In a more classic way, they can enjoy the music and spectacular shows all day long until nightfall with amazing artists.
Enter this magical and surprising world and book a room at The New Steine Hotel to use as your base of exploration!
From May 21th 2016 to May 27th 2016: Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour
Here come the girls from Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, a convent school that appears to have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe and pupils with a superhuman capacity for alcohol. They are off on a school trip to Edinburgh, and they aren’t going to let a little choir competition stand in the way of sex, drugs and arson, or being back in time for the slow dances at the local disco, the Mantrap. A tribute to being young, lost and off the rails. After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this show is a must-see.
Follow these extraordinary girls on their journey and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
On the May 23th 2016: Laura Mvula at Theatre Royal
One of the most distinctive musical talents to come out of the UK in recent years, Laura Mvula is a one-woman symphony of soul inspired poetic lyricism. Nominated for several awards and prizes, she is taking her brilliant debut to new heights. Indeed, her critically acclaimed album Sing to the Moon was re-recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios. Mvula’s exquisite voice is one of undeniable uniqueness, in what promises to be a very special performance.
Be transported to the world of soul with her incredible voice and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
On the May 26th 2016: “Lance” by Kieran Hodgson at Komedia
In 2003 Lance Armstrong won his 5th Tour de France title, and a young boy in West Yorkshire believed in him. Now a character comedian, he (the boy) comes to London with his new play about his former icon. Nominated for Best Show at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2015, this comedy is a heartfelt and hilarious story of growing up, betrayal by professional athletes and redemption.
Delight yourself in this hilarious comedy and ask for a room at The New Steine Hotel!
On the May 26th and 27th 2016: “Until the Lions” at Brighton Dome
Akram Khan, one of the most respected figures in the dance world, returns to Brighton Festival eight years after his last show (Bahok) with his most arresting work to date. Joined by two of his company dancers and four musicians for the haunting vocals and soundscape, Khan combines the classical Indian dance form kathak, with contemporary dance. Until the Lions, tells the story of Amba a princess abducted on her wedding day and stripped of her honour, who invokes gods to seek revenge.
Don’t forget to book a room at The New Steine Hotel to enjoy this thrilling and beautiful show!
On the May 28th 2016: Funny Women Brighton Nights
Funny Women come back to one of Brighton’s best and brightest comedy venue, Komedia. As always, the UK’s leading female comedy community will feature the newest and most exciting female stand up in the UK, from the Funny Women Awards and beyond! This comedy show provides something for everyone! This is not a feminist and anti-male gathering, indeed, everyone is welcome. This stand-up show is made to raise funds for continuing the support of the charity RISE, which provides essential services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, with a raffle and collection.
Be prepared for an evening of laughter with these amazing women and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
On the May 28th 2016: Adam Ant at Brighton Center
Adam Ant embarks on a 14 date UK tour in May 2016 and come to Brighton for a night. Performing the iconic album “Kings of the Wild Frontier” live and in sequence for the very first time, he will play many of the album tracks that have never been performed live. This follows last year’s phenomenal success of his debut “Dirk Wears White Sox” album tour. The 3x platinum Kings of the Wild Frontier album was originally released in 1980. It was sold over 8 million copies and it dominated the UK charts, spending more time in the top slot than any other album at the time and went on to achieve worldwide recognition and subsequent success. People will ear famous hits of the 80’s, such as “Dog Eat Dog”, “Ant Music” or “Kings of The Wild Frontier”.
Don’t miss this incredible concert and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
From May 28th 2016 to May 30th 2016: Brighton & Hove Food and Drinks Festival
Rated by the New York Post in February 2012 as one of the world’s leading local food events, The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the south of England. With local producers, growers, restaurants, bars and food retailers firmly at its heart, it’s a showcase of the fantastic food, drink and hospitality to be found in the city and surrounding Sussex. Engaging annually with around 160,000 consumers and 350 food, drink and hospitality businesses, the Festival believes both local and good food should be accessible to everyone. The festival also runs and supports food activity throughout the year including farmers markets and the Brighton Restaurant Association.
Benefit of local and healthy products in this friendly event and book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
On the May 29th 2016: Funk The Format Festival
Created this year, Funk The Format Festival takes place the day after Funk The Family Festival at the same place, Hove Park. After the success of the Family Festival, this adult only festival will host a plethora of artists and DJ’s such as Soul II Soul, Norman Jay or Rodney P & Skitz. People can enjoy music, performances and stay all day long inside this exciting atmosphere because of the food facilities and fully licensed bars. You will never want to go home after entering the festival.
Join this new and fantastic event but don’t forget to book a room at The New Steine Hotel!
On the May 31st 2016: James Campbell’s Comedy 4 kids
Highly recommended for children aged between 6 and 11, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. A show which might or might not discuss lollipop ladies, quantum chromatic disruption machines and tartan badgers. James Campbell pioneered the idea of stand-up for children and it is still impressive how kids are comfortable with the stage. Your children will be captivated by this unorthodox but hilarious show.
Come cheer these aspiring actors and book a room at The New Steine Hotel for the whoel family to enjoy!